South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Chris Spielman has been recognized by AAA as the state's trooper of the year.
The Highway Patrol announced the award Tuesday.
Col. Craig Price is the superintendent of the Highway Patrol. He says Spielman is an example of the Highway Patrol's commitment to serving South Dakotans.
The Highway Patrol says Spielman was recognized for his dedication to his co-workers as a field training officer, emergency vehicle operations course instructor, SWAT team member and RADAR instructor.